State shutdown Day 2: Updated list on what's open and closed

A view of the New Jersey State House the area's capitol building

But all state parks will be closed, an unwelcome prospect for residents celebrating the Fourth of July holiday on Tuesday.

Governor Chris Christie announced the shutdown early Saturday after he failed to agree on a new budget with Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

"I'm upset because this will inconvenience the people of New Jersey", he said.

Andrew Spears, a leader with Cub Scout Pack 124 in Tinton Falls, said his group was told to leave Cheesequake State Park on Saturday morning. "That's not a drawing a line in the sand, that's giving them a choice", Christie said, adding later that he was acting as "Mr. Reasonable".

Christie came to a $34.7 billion budget stalemate with state Democrats and he ordered nonessential services, such as parks, to close at midnight Friday, ruining Independence Day plans for would-be campers.

But the closure of the 10-mile barrier island in Ocean County won't be affecting Gov. Chris Christie and his guests, who have use of the gubernatorial beach house and guest house. And that's a boon to his business, which he says carries all beach essentials. 'Others don't. That's the way it goes. The latter two sites remained open.

According to NJ.com, the issue centers on Christie's desire to control how much not-for-profit Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey may keep in a reserve fund before it's required to use it for public health, namely, opioid addiction treatment programs.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto opposes the plan, saying that the legislation could lead to rate increases on the insurer's 3.8 million subscribers and that the legislation is separate from the budget.

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But Christie's second and final term is wrapping up with his approval ratings at 15 percent.

Later in the afternoon, Christie addressed a joint session of the Legislature from the Senate chambers. "It is now about transparency and accountability". "Let's do it together and go home", he concluded. "In fact, the Assembly Judiciary Committee stands ready to hold hearings starting this month", Prieto said.

"This Facility is CLOSED Because of This Man", the signs read, listing a telephone number for Prieto's office.

Manno and his wife, Liz, were enjoying another state park on the beach - this one across Barnegat Inlet - Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Long Beach Island.

Also, Christie said he approved the signs of Prieto and that they are "official government advise".

He says that he's not budging on the Horizon bill and that it's the wrong time to consider legislation that could affect ratepayers at a time when congressional Republicans are debating "Trumpcare", a clear reference to the delayed GOP efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The lame-duck governor himself spent Saturday in Trenton seeking to end the state budget standoff that brought about the whole mess. "I wish I could say the same about some of the other participants", he said.

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